Software Engineer Andy Matuschak talks about his essay "Why Books Don't Work" with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.
Shoshana Zuboff of Harvard University talks about her book Surveillance Capitalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Zuboff argues that the monetization of search engines and social networks by Google, Facebook, and other large tech firms threatens privacy and democracy.
Recently, tech philosopher George Gilder, who is organizing COSM 2019 (Bellevue, Washington, October 23–25) on the future of artificial intelligence, sat down with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution to talk about how AI can help us to a better future, not a worse one.
Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, recently invited Alex Stamos, former chief security officer of Facebook, into his San Francisco home to discuss a shared passion — fighting against internet abuse and disinformation.
Over the last month, social media accounts have been filled with wrinkles and gray hair. With the help of the mobile app FaceApp, people are fast-forwarding the aging process to see what they might look like years from now.